- Suggested retail price: $300 per bottle
- We will pour one ounce for $8.50
Macallan was one of the first single-malts I ever sampled. When I first started tending bar, Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich were the only single-malts available. Macallan used to be listed as Speyside, a region within The Highlands, but since 2009 it can no longer carry that designation. The whisky has not changed, the regulations have. Any way you cut it, Macallan is one of the best values in single malt. Their standard is the 12 year.
The "Fine Oak" series, available in a number of age statements, is aged in a combination of three woods. The whisky spends time in Spanish oak Sherry casks, American oak Sherry casks and American Oak Bourbon barrels. The Macallan people refer to the 21 Year as the "age of maturity." That's a Lord Granthamesque reference to the whisky being old enough to drink itself.
The Fine Oak series is lighter in color than the more standard bottlings of Macallan, with fewer dark, roasted flavors and aromas. Don't be deceived however, in some ways they are more intense and offer greater length of finish. I look forward to tasting dram with you on Thursday evening.
We open one bottle beginning at 6:30.
When it's gone, it's gone. I hope you can join us.
Next Week in The Spirits Project
NEW RED BREAST 21 YEAR IRISH WHISKEY